Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 25 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2016. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from  their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad,  and Washington, DC. MBN has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week.  Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from the BBG.


Raise Your Voice makes an impact in Iraq

Since its launch just over a year ago, the Raise Your Voice initiative counters the propaganda spread by ISIL and provides a platform for citizens to discuss and engage on topics that underlie the appeal of extremist ideology.

Alhurra documents the success of Egyptian women in season two of Sit B’Mit Ragel

Alhurra Television’s program Sit B’Mit Ragel (Arabic for ‘A Lady is Worth 100 Men’), launches its second season on Saturday, October 1 at 10 p.m. (Cairo time). The program focuses on successful Egyptian women who work relentlessly to achieve their goals and prove that a lady can be worth 100 men. It tells the inspiring stories of four women making their dreams come true despite the odds, and sheds light on the obstacles they face throughout their journey.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa bring UNGA summit to the Middle East

MBN provided extensive coverage of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, including live broadcast, with simultaneous Arabic translation, of President Obama's address.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa bring Jordanian elections to audiences across Middle East

MBN offered comprehensive coverage on television, radio and online and connected audiences in 22 Arabic-speaking countries to the Jordanian electoral process with live reporting, in-depth discussions, and interactive media.

BBG networks cover 9/11 anniversary

Coverage includes highlighting observances, the attacks’ legacy on its survivors and the effect on the United States foreign policy.


Alhurra TV wins bronze at the New York Festivals

Bronze medal, Best Promotional Program category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

Alhurra Television’s promotional video for the critically acclaimed series Delusional Paradise won a Bronze medal at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards on Tuesday.  The five-minute video won in the category of Best Promotional Program. Delusional Paradise is a part of the Middle East Broadcasting Network’s “Raise Your Voice” initiative.

Radio Sawa report wins silver at the New York festivals

Best Human Interest Story, silver medal, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2015)

Radio Sawa’s report on the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian children was awarded the Silver Medal in the New York Festivals’ 2015 International Radio Program in the Human Interest category.

Finalist for Audio/Radio App

Finalist for Audio/Radio App, Appy Awards (2015)

At the 2015 Appy Awards, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) was a finalist in the category of Audio/Radio.

Bronze for Best Community Portrait Documentary

Bronze for Best Community Portrait Documentary, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2015)

At the 2015 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) won a bronze award in the category of Best Community Portrait Documentary.

SND Award of Excellence

SND Award of Excellence, Society for News Design (SND) (2015)

The Society for News Design (SND) gave the Award of Excellence to Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).


“[Raise Your Voice call-in radio show] focuses on the problems, but gives many solutions because it gives a voice to the voiceless and reflects the pulse of the Iraqi street.”

Raise Your Voice radio listener